Goshen hiker killed in fall at Red River Gorge

Posted at 5:49 PM, Oct 11, 2015

CAMPTON, Ky. – A 30-year-old Goshen, Ohio man was killed when he fell from an overlook at Red River Gorge Saturday night.

Wolfe County Deputy Coroner Gary Sparks identified the victim as Michael Hacker.

The Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team reported that they, Powell County and Menifee County teams were dispatched to Chimney Top Rock for a hiker who fell from the overlook after crossing the railing at about 11 p.m.

It took a nurse who was camping nearby 45 minutes to reach the man. By then, it was too late.

"It's a dangerous place. The sandstone gets slick. It's got loose debris on it,” Wolfe County Search and Rescue Coordinator Eddie Conner told Lexington’s WTVQ. “And if you're not really careful, you can lose your footing and it's too late after that."


Yesterday at approximately 11:00 pm, Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team was dispatched to Chimney Top Rock after a...

Posted by Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team on Sunday, October 11, 2015

Red River Gorge was also the location of a large search this week for two boys, from Batavia and Bloomington, who went missing while on a family trip. The boys were eventually found safe.